RAMzine Issue 1 - Feb. 2015 - Page 6

Festival preview HRH Prog 3 www.hrhprog.com 19th - 22nd March, North Wales T his year the event (to be held from 19 to 22 March at Camp HRH in Pwllheli, North Wales) will run alongside the Scifi Weekender -  so visitors should be prepared for strange visions, costumed monsters of many other mysterious off-world shenanigans. Headlining the weekend will be the seasoned entertainer Rick Wakeman. He’s been our favourite composer, ivory tinkler and all-round prog champion for over 40 years.  Moreover, his skilfully adept cape-wearing should endear him to the Sci-fi crowd. Rick’s big solo success came with “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” back in 1973. But we will always have a special place in our hearts for him - due to his  amazing keyboard contributions to Bowie’s most famous songs. Would “Life on Mars?” be even half as good without the Wakeman piano? Rick worked on six studio albums with YES  man and Papist” taken from The Strawbs ‘Witchwood’ album [1971]  to get an idea of how Papa Wakeman enriched their sound back then. Other highly anticipated heroes of the prog rock universe will include Magenta with their amazing vocalist Christina Booth, The Enid (currently on their Bridge tour) and those wise folksters Steeleye Span -  who released a stunning conceptual album titled ‘Winter- and he is included (by fans and historians) as an integral player in their ‘classic line up’.  Of course, before his YES years, the Grumpy Old Man of Prog played with the Strawbs (curiously, their current line-up boasts Rick’s own younger son, Adam.)  We thoroughly recommend you try out the song “The Hang- smith’ in 2013. We are also excited about some new names. These  include the mysterious Osiris Club, new-wavers Kitten Pyramid and the psychedelic heavy-hitters Landskap. metal, as MUSE put on an incredible headline show. They proved this at Reading and Leeds 2011. Even if you have not listened to much of their stuff, they are one of those bands that play songs you didn’t even realise you knew. Download has always been good at putting on a range of modern and classic acts, this year’s Sunday night headliner is KISS. Let’s see if Gene Simmons still thinks that rock music is dead, standing in front of the mighty Download crow